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Gibbons Vs Ogden 1824 The case of Gibbons vs Ogden was one of the deciding factors in the creation of a stable commercial system that would propel the United States into its current position as a World Power New York being influenced by Sectionalist ideals created a law that obstructed the free flow of interstate trade This was taken to the Supreme Court where it was shown that not only did New York claim that the power of its own legislature was supreme to that of the entire nation but the law was also a threat to the commercial system of the country The issue of the stability of the Union was at stake - if the court chose to allow the states to have more say than the federal government the countrys internal structure would collapse However due to the Negro-Seamen Act in South Carolina and the fear of slaves being freed by an all-powerful Congress Chief Justice John Marshall was faced with his choice to say that Congress was the supreme power over all commercial aspects would split the country and civil war would ensue Thus the court was forced into a middle of the road decision-they said that Congress had the power to legislate on the Commerce of the United States as opposed to direct control The Supreme Court also said that the New York Steamboat Act was in conflict with the Federal Coasting Act and thus the New York law had to be repealed This decision managed to both protect the interests of the Southern Slavers and save the Nations Economic structure from the whims of the states fostering immense growth that would allow America to dominate as a world power The situation leading to the hearing of the case in the Supreme Court began when Thomas Gibbons was persecuted by his competitor Aaron Ogden because he broke the New York Steamboat Act by navigating the Hudson River without
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